Meet the Infectious Diseases Team
Otto M. Ramos, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Ramos is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has served as Chairman of the Infection Control Committee at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, since 1984 and is the current Hospital Epidemiologist. Author of multiple professional articles and a frequent speaker on disease related topics, section chief editor, International Pediatrics, and moderator of the hospital’s annual pediatric postgraduate course.
Dr. Ramos earned his Medical Degree from the University of Santiago in Spain, followed by postgraduate training at University Hospital, Jacksonville. He completed pediatric residencies at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, and Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas as well as a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. Dr Ramos is Board Certified in Pediatric Infectious Disease.
His primary professional interest includes rapid diagnosis of viral infections, and treatment of immunocompromised patients. Dr. Ramos has lectured extensively on bacterial resistance and the treatment of respiratory tract infections. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society.
Pablo Marcelo Laufer, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Laufer is an associate in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. He is a graduate from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay. After 2 years of residency in the Hospital de Clinicas in Asuncion. Dr. Laufer continued his training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami where he did his training in Pediatrics as well as in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
After working for 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Dr. Laufer joined Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, in October of 2002. Dr Laufer is Board Certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
His main interests are management of bacterial infections with multidrug-resistant bacteria, Mycobacterium infections, immunization practices, and treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients.
Manuel R. Cotilla, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Cotilla is an associate in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. He is proud to have completed his pediatric training at Nicklaus Children's followed by a fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Cornell University at New York Presbyterian. Dr. Cotilla is Board Certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Cotilla has a broad interest in infectious disease with particular interest in the treatment and management of HIV patients. His main research and investigative work focused on the approval of new HIV medications and treatment modalities in the pediatric population.
Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Sanchez-Vegas is an associate in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. After completing her residency at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Dr Sanchez-Vegas continued her fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) spending her clinical time between BUMC and Boston Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship her main area of research was in dengue fever for which she spent 8 weeks at the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work on dengue was presented at the International Society of Travel Medicine 2009 Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
Her main interests are in international health, travel medicine, refugee health and tropical medicine.